By CHRISSY SMITH
SLIDELL — Cameron Charbonnet eats, sleeps and breaths baseball, which is what makes him the perfect fit for Mississippi Delta Community College.
The Slidell High School four-year starter signed a full scholarship with MDCC at STIX Baseball Academy last week. Charbonnet played every position on the field as a senior at Slidell High except for catcher, first base and second base. He’s what coaches call, a “work horse,” and a “leader.”
Although he did whatever was necessary for his team last year, Charbonnet is actually a centerfielder — and a very good one at that.
Slidell Head Coach Mike Alexander said he thinks Charbonnet is the best outfielder in the state.
Community colleges in Mississippi can only offer four out-of-state scholarships, so Avalon said he is expecting Charbonnet to play a good bit. Over the past 20 years, MDCC has won more championships than any other Mississippi community college.
“We’ve got a good player with Cameron. He’ll definitely play the outfield, and if he doesn’t play, we’ll be very disappointed,” Avalon said.
Charbonnet said getting to play college baseball is a “dream come true.” He was also getting looks from Pensacola State, Faulkner and Delgado.
“I had been there (Mississippi Delta Community College) before, and I liked it. Plus, they have duck and deer hunting nearby,” Charbonnet said with a smile.
Charbonnet was first-team all-district as a junior and senior at Slidell. He started playing baseball at age six.
“My family is stoked about me going to play,” Charbonnet said.
Slidell’s Alexander said it’s going to be difficult to fill Charbonnet’s shoes. He noticed in Charbonnet’s sophomore year that he had the ability to play in college.
“He showed up every day ready to play. He has great character and gives it everything he’s got every time out,” Alexander said.
MDCC is located in Moorhead, Ms. Alexander said he will check out some of Charbonnet’s games as well as the family who will be close enough to see many games.